The city of London is teeming with fantastic shopping hotspots, and – come rain or shine -there’s always somewhere to splash your cash and indulge in a spot of retail therapy.
For high street shopping, the Westfield centre in Shepherd’s Bush is one of the largest of its kind in Europe. Easily accessible via the Central line, Westfield is home to many of the UK’s favourite chain stores, as well as boasting a range of luxury boutiques, a cinema and a wide choice of restaurants.
For quirky street style, head to Camden market. Situated in north London, the area is renowned for its pubs, bars and clubbing scene – as well as its alternative fashion stores and vintage outlets. Other places that offer plenty of choice for vintage enthusiasts include Portobello Road in Notting Hill and Covent Garden in the West End, which are both famously popular tourist destinations, and are usually packed with shoppers on sunny summer weekends.
Alternatively, if you’re more interested in exclusive designer labels, some of the world’s most famous high-end department stores are located in the Knightsbridge area, and just a short distance away is Sloane Square, where the streets are lined with independent boutiques. Keep walking and you’ll find yourself on the King’s Road, renowned for its designer fashion houses and sophisticated stores.
Of course, a day full of perusing shop windows and parading around department stores is bound to arouse your appetite, and luckily the capital has plenty of restaurants and eateries to cater to all palates. For a truly memorable lunch, head to Borough Market in Southwark, which is considered one of London’s best food markets.
Traditionally a fruit and vegetable market, it has now expanded to include a vast range of products. With everything from fresh cheeses to homemade Turkish Delight available, it’s impossible to resist the market’s delicious, organically sourced offerings.
If you’re planning on taking a shopping trip to London, platinum cards provide a great way to pay for your purchases. With an American Express Platinum Card, you can earn reward points on virtually everything you buy, which can then be redeemed in exchange for exclusive rewards.